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K1 National Championship at Shoreham Sailing Club

by Paul Handley 2 Oct 2014 18:08 BST 26-28 September 2014

The K1s returned to the sea for their Nationals this year where the fleet of 25 boats enjoyed a good mix of sailing conditions with perhaps the last of the summer sea breezes and excellent hospitality at Shoreham SC.

There was plenty of wind for the practice race on Friday with waves providing some enjoyable off-wind surfing. In the evening the sailors were treated to a meal generously laid on by local K1 sailor Ralph Husey at his home.

On Saturday morning the wind had all but gone and sailors were greeted by the postponement flag flying. Boats were rigged in optimistic anticipation and before long the race team decided to tow everyone out of the harbour as a gentle breeze was building offshore.

Although never more than 5 to 6 knots the breeze remained steady allowing racing to get underway with the boats moving fast enough to make good progress to windward against the tide and close racing throughout the fleet.

At the front end pond sailors Paul Handley of Chipstead SC and Mike Ball of Papercourt were the first to complete the triangle/sausage course followed by Wiclif McCready of Strangford Lough Yacht Club and Jeff Vanderborght and Peter Thomas of Lyme Regis SC.

The wind held on for a second race and again Paul Handley got away followed by Mike and Wiclif in second and third again, with Don Spencer of Ogston SC fourth and Toby Sherwin of Teign Corinthian YC fifth. As the wind was easing and tide building the Race Officer made the sensible decision to postpone the third race to Sunday leaving plenty of time for the class AGM followed by a very pleasant meal in the clubhouse overlooking the harbour.

The wind remained light on Sunday morning but with the sun shining the Race Officer was anticipating a 12-knot sea breeze later. The fleet set off early for the first race of the day in the prevailing breeze and again Paul Handley found the conditions to his liking taking his third win ahead of Tom Murphy from the National YC in Ireland and Hugh Duncan of Lyme Regis SC third.

But the locals were right about the sea breeze and before the fourth race got underway a stronger breeze set in. Wiclif and some regular sea sailors set the pace, with Wiclif finishing first ahead of Dave Guthrie of Lyme Regis SC followed by Tom Murphy and Jeff Vanderborght.

A similar pattern followed for the final race with Wiclif leading home ahead of Jeff and Dave while all competitors enjoyed the sun and racing in ideal sailing conditions.

Overall points were tight but great consistency in all conditions earned Wiclif McCready his second K1 Nationals title by one point from Paul Handley with Mike Ball third. Wiclif also won the Masters trophy with Jeff second Master and fourth overall. In the keenly contested Grand Master category (over 70s) Don Spencer took the trophy with Alf Hawksworth of Carsington second.

The K1 sailors greatly enjoyed the event and are very grateful to Shoreham SC for their first class race management and hospitality, our thanks go to all involved in the organization particularly our K1 contact Ralph Husey. The next K1 event will be Part 2 of the K1 Inlands at Carsington on October 11th followed by the end of season K1 open at Papercourt SC, 19th October.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st37Wiclif McCreadyStrangford Lough Yacht Club33‑4118
2nd99Paul HandleyChipstead Sailing Club1116‑79
3rd74Micheal BallPapercourt Sailing Club22‑55413
4th102Jeff Vanderborght 46‑74216
5th59Tom MurphyNational Yacht Club‑18723820
6th6Dave GuthrieLyme Regis Sailing Club10‑16132328
7th96Peter ThomasLyme Regis59‑1010529
8th53Don SpencerOgston Sailing Club‑1541281135
9th69Hugh DuncanL R Sailing Club6143‑171336
10th103Mike CommanderTeign Corinthian Yacht Club16‑2287637
11th98Toby SherwinTeign Corinthian Yacht Club7514‑151238
12th30David HumeBroxbourne Sailing Club‑1413912943
13th88Julian LeggettWeir Wood Sailing Club9101114‑1744
14th85Ray PotterTeign Corinthian Yacht Club812(DNF)181452
15th70Alf HawkeworthCarsington Sailing Club‑21176112054
16th77John ShimellChew Valley Lake Sailing Club‑171115131554
17th57Eddie HoldenTeign Corinthian Yacht Club1918‑2091056
18th100David PyeCHEW Valley1281821‑2259
19th94Ralph W‑HuseyShoreham Sailing Club13(DNF)19191667
20th92David NorrisManor Park Sailing Club‑251517161967
21st80Alan RussellRutland Sailing Club1119(BFD)201868
22nd105David PritchettNorthampton Sailing Club22‑2316232182
23rd17Margaret NorrisManor Park Sailing Club202022‑242486
24th36David SwordyQueensmead Sailing Club‑232121222387
25th9Kim FisherDeben Yacht Club2424(DNC)DNC26100

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